Hi, I’m Drake, the summer intern

Hello, Drake here.

I’m the summer intern here at Dallas Voice, here to make copies, get coffee, take out the trash, so on and so forth. Before I get to the very important duties of The Lone Intern, I thought I’d write a little about myself.

I’m the baby in the office at a mere nineteen years young. As far as the GLBT community goes, I fall into the T category, as in transgender. I’m a female-to-male transgentleman extraordinaire, going through puberty for the second time. I’ve been on testosterone for almost three months now. Perfect time to start life as an intern, right?

Outside my intern duties I take part in the fascinating world of reading and drinking coffee. I’m starting at Northlake Community College soon where I will study English and journalism, minoring in underwater basket-weaving. I dabble in many artsy-fartsy activities such as cosplay, sewing, knitting, making junk out of polymer clay, and occasionally I break out the power tools to work on some metal or woodcraft. As a non-paid side career I’m a performer from Isis Studios as a belly dancer.

I’m a lover of fantasy and science fiction and an avid fan of Harry Potter (I’ve got a tattoo of the Slytherin crest — I think that means I broke the needle on the Geek-O-Meter). I’ve got more tattoos and piercings than I probably should at my age, but I doubt I’ll quit any time soon. I am a proud fan fiction writer and editor, which is where most of my writing experience comes from. I post an inappropriate number of videos on YouTube of my cosplay shenanigans, rants about whatever I feel like complaining about, and recently I’ve started a vlog on my transitioning process from female to male. Aside from all that, I pretty much just hang out in my room and chill on Facebook.

Well, that’s all from me for now. I’m sure there will be more posts in the near future of my ramblings and opinions. For now, I say good ‘morrow.

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20 year old gay intern may have saved Giffords’ life

John just posted this at AMERICAblog.com.

Arizona Republic:

When the shots began that morning, he saw many people lying on the ground, including a young girl. Some were bleeding. Hernandez said he moved from person to person checking pulses.

“First the neck, then the wrist,” he said. One man was already dead. Then he saw Giffords. She had fallen and was lying contorted on the sidewalk. She was bleeding.

Using his hand, Hernandez applied pressure to the entry wound on her forehead. He pulled her into his lap, holding her upright against him so she wouldn’t choke on her own blood. Giffords was conscious, but quiet.

Ron Barber, Giffords’ district director, was next to her. Hernandez told a bystander how to apply pressure to one of Barber’s wounds.

The fact that Hernandez was nearby and able to react quickly probably saved Giffords’ life, said state Rep. Matt Heinz, D-Tucson, and a hospital physician.

Joe.My.God reports, via the Dallas Voice (which is down right now), that Hernandez is openly gay.

According to his Facebook page, Hernandez serves as a Commissioner on the Tucson Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (GLBT).




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Watch: CNN Interviews Daniel Hernandez, the Gay Intern Credited with Saving Congresswoman Giffords’ Life

Hernandez

Daniel Hernandez Jr., the gay intern who helped Gabreille Giffords survive in the moments after she was shot and is being credited by many with saving her life, does not take credit to doing so, instead crediting emergency personnel. In this interview, he discusses those moments and the actions he took before medical crews arrived on the scene.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP



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Gay Intern Helped Save The Life Of Gabrielle Giffords

Daniel Hernandez Jr., an openly gay 20-year-old intern for Gabrielle Giffords, is being credited with saving the congresswoman's life.

Daniel Hernandez, who confirmed that he is gay in an interview with Instant Tea on Sunday morning, is a member of the City of Tucson Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. “She’s been a great ally to the LGBT community,” Hernandez said of Giffords during the brief interview across a bad connection.

According to the Arizona Republic, Hernandez was standing about 30 feet from Giffords during the “Congress on Your Corner” event outside a Safeway store near Tucson. When the gunshots began, Hernandez ran toward them and began checking the pulses of people who’d been hit. When Hernandez got to Giffords, he used his hand to apply pressure to the entry wound on her forehead.  He pulled her into his lap and held her upright so she wouldn’t choke on her blood.

Hernandez, who has experience in triage, spoke to Christiane Amanpour this morning about his immediate instincts right after the shooting. ABC News reports:

"When this happened, I kind of just shut off all emotion because I knew I wouldn't be any good to anyone if I had a breakdown," Hernendez remembered. "I had to lift up the congresswoman because she was severely injured, and I wanted to make sure that she was able to breathe okay because there was so much blood." Hernendez used smocks from the grocery store to bandage the wounded victims.

"The congresswoman was alert. She was able to hold my hand when I asked her if she could hear me," said Hernendez. "I wasn't able to get any words from her. She may have been trying, but because of the way that I was having to hold her it was a lot easier to just 'if you can hear me Gabby just grab my hand to let me know that you're okay.'"

Hernandez had only been an intern for Representative Giffords for only five days.


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